A convicted drug dealer who tested positive for drug usage twice will remain on probation.
Scott A. Shuker, 27, of rural Bellevue, admitted Monday he tested positive for opiates and oxycodone Aug. 19 and 21.
Probation officer Jim Zappa told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway that the second drug test didn't mean Shuker had used drugs between the two times, but was a confirmation of the first screen. Zappa said the defendant tested positive Aug. 19 when he reported to the Huron County Jail to serve a 90-day sentence for a different probation violation.
Following a joint agreement between the state and Huron County Public Defender David Longo at Monday's hearing, the judge placed Shuker into a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. The defendant earlier was screened for and accepted into a CBCF.
Shuker has been on probation since November and will remain on three years of community control sanctions. A violation is punishable by 18 months in prison.
"He's been an ongoing problem since his conviction," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
On Nov. 7, Shuker pleaded guilty to one amended count of aiding and abetting trafficking in morphine. The Norwalk Police Department coordinated the March 30, 2012 controlled drug buy which involved an accomplice, the defendant's then-girlfriend.
Before the positive drug screens, Shuker had a set of probation violations, which included May 1 convictions for possession of drugs and driving with a suspended license through Sandusky Municipal Court. He had a syringe of heroin in the center console of a vehicle during an April 12 traffic stop in Perkins Township.
"He's got a significant drug problem," said Leffler, who hopes Shuker's time in the CBCF will help him get a handle on his addiction.